It is becoming very popular for universities and colleges to bring in therapy dogs to help de-stress students and faculty before or during exam week. This is a very demanding and stressful time for everyone and having activities that take the students’ minds in another direction is welcomed.
Las Vegas is no different. The schools are always looking for creative ways to enrich their students’ lives and particularly with exams on the horizon. Inviting in registered therapy dogs has become an annual event and proven to be one of the most successful endeavors.
The Las Vegas Pet Partner affiliate team, Love Dog Adventures, has visited the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the William S. Boyd School of Law before and this year we were invited back – to the rescue!
The therapy team consisted of six dogs and their handlers, a great mix of breeds. An Italian Greyhound, Old English Sheepdog, Airedale Terrier, Miniature Poodle and my two dogs, poodle mixes.
Students, staff and faculty came to meet the furriest visitors on campus during a two-hour session of Meet & Greet the Love Dogs. After some group visiting, we were asked to walk the stacks of the library and visit with students who were busy studying. Every single one picked up their head to pet a dog!
Some were surprised to learn the dogs had been there just a room away for over an hour as they said they did not “hear” any dogs! We explained that they should not bark when they are working
This brief moment of fun and calmness made it easier to get back to the work of studying.
What are the benefits of bringing therapy animals during exam week? Five minutes petting a dog and chatting with its owner has proven to improve even the toughest day. Students come in to see us cranky and fatigued and sometimes frustrated. They are able to check their worries at the door and just be relaxed and have fun.
Sometimes they want to have new conversations centered on topics other than school.
And sometimes it is school they want to talk with to a person that is not there to judge or give advice.
Stroke a furry dog and talk with an owner and before you know it you have been re-energized and ready to return to studying.
The dogs were superbly behaved and the school very happy with the outcome of the visit.
Two hours, six dogs, immeasurable success.